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CHU appoints new CEO

CHU today announced that Bobby Lehane, Chief Executive Officer will leave the company in March 2021. After nearly six years in the role and with the business positively positioned for a bright future, Mr Lehane decided that the timing was right to seek his next challenge.

CHU is delighted to confirm that Kimberley Jonsson will succeed Mr Lehane as CEO. Ms Jonsson has been with CHU for 15 years in a number of roles, most recently running the NSW\ACT region, its biggest business.

“I am just thrilled that Kim will succeed me as CEO, it is undoubtedly one of the best Insurance roles in Australia, and I couldn’t be happier to see an internal successor appointed,” said Mr Lehane.

Robert Kelly, Managing Director and CEO, Steadfast said he was grateful for the amazing progress that CHU has made under Bobby’s leadership and wished him good luck in his next chapter. He advised that CHU had a very strong leadership team so it was a great opportunity to appoint an internal successor. “Kim is a formidable executive who has a proven track record of success and I am delighted to see her continue her amazing career at CHU."

On the opportunity, Ms Jonsson stated, “The appointment to lead CHU, is a dream come true for me having begun my own insurance career at CHU. Bobby’s energetic leadership has enabled CHU to thrive and become a resilient organisation which is stronger in every sense than the one he inherited in 2015. Operationally, we are well placed to deliver upon our strategy to 2025 and I am very optimistic for the future.”

As for the timing of the decision, Mr Lehane said, “I have been vocal with the CHU team and our intermediaries, that while the pandemic has changed how we do things it should not be used as an excuse to defer important decisions or to move forward - this rationale also applies to myself. I could not be more pleased with the progress, growth and indeed development of CHU over the past 5 1/2 years. It has been the most enjoyable time of my career, but I am now ready for a new challenge, having Kim succeed me in the role is the perfect ending to this chapter of my career”.

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For further information contact:
Anne-Maree Paull Chief Customer Officer, CHU + 61 (0) 28923 5341
Rob White External Communications Adviser +64 (0) 210 851 6841